Aston Villa beats Wigan 2-0 in Premier League
Striker Gabriel Agbonlahor helped give Aston Villa its first ever home Premier League win over Wigan on Saturday, scoring one goal and setting up the other in a 2-0 victory.
Agbonlahor netted his fourth league goal of the campaign to break the deadlock before the break and created the second for Darren Bent in the 62nd minute.
Only a series of fine saves by Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi prevented Villa - still unbeaten in the league this season - from winning by a bigger margin.
The win gives Villa 11 points from seven games, while Wigan remained on five points.
Villa were the first to threaten with Agbonlahor making a powerful run but his eventual shot was deflected into the hands of Al Habsi.
A deep ball into the Wigan box from Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov was headed by Bent into the path of the lively Agbonlahor but he was unable to keep his shot down.
Bent seized on a mistake by Mohamed Diame and teed up Stephen Ireland, whose shot was deflected wide in a promising start by the home side.
The hosts kept pressing and it came as no surprise when Agbonlahor put Villa ahead after 36 minutes.
Warnock won possession and found Bannan, whose ball over the top was seized on by Agbonlahor. He turned inside Caldwell before lashing a powerful shot past Al Habsi from 15 yards.
Wigan tried to retaliate and a mistake by Fabian Delph almost gifted them an equalizer. Victor Moses was able to free Franco Di Santo, whose low cross-shot flashed inches wide of the far post.
Agbonlahor began the second half in the same vein as the first and almost doubled Villa's lead within 60 seconds.
A mazy run took Agbonlahor past Boyce, Watson and James McCarthy and his curling shot beat the diving Al Habsi but flew inches wide.
Wigan had claims for a penalty rejected after a challenge by Alan Hutton on Di Santo. But Villa were soon back on the offensive and Al Habsi produced another excellent save to keep out Bannan's curling 20-yard drive at full stretch.
Agbonlahor was a constant threat and created the second goal for Bent by making a 50-yard run down the left flank before sending over cross which the forward side-footed past Al Habsi into the corner of the net.